Their burgers aren’t bad at all.
Their chili is horrible, I guess I am biased because I live in Texas!
Some of these chains have overbuilt, or they built more than a bad economy can support. Remember Krispy Kreme’s rapid expansion and pull back?
I love their chili
You're used to chili that was intended to be chili. I think they take their unsold burgers and put them in the chili pot.
I worked at Wendy’s when I was in high school, for 2 years. We used to have the grill covered with hamburger patties, so they could be served as they were bought.
There was a stainless steel container in the cooler where we put the burgers that were never sold, and over cooked (sometimes cremated)
It was company policy, and formal instruction that those leftover burgers were to be ground up by hand and recycled as the beef they use to make the chili with, we used to crumble up the meat, and add the powder, and water, and it went into a slow cooker until it was served.
Needless to say, I never eat Wendy’s chili
When I make chile myself, I sometimes use a recipe that my mother wrote down in 1938.